Tag - medicine

Women Hospital Workers

In our initial enthusiasm for a women's movement, it seemed to us as if our common experiences as women — the expectation that we would all be housewives, our lower pay, the degrading use of our bodies in a thousand different ways — were so overwhelming that we could overcome all other divisions which split us up...

Racism at Harvard

In the middle of May, as students at Harvard Medical School were preparing for their exams, as many medical schools around the country were completing their admissions decisions, as President Ford spoke of "alternatives to busing," Bernard D. Davis, a Professor at Harvard Medical School, stirred up a storm the impact...

The Politics of Health

The health care system and the industrial health and safety conditions in America can only be described as institutional murder. In recent years radicals have worked to create alternatives to present health structures, to confront and expose the capitalist health system, and to organize around health and safety issues...

Review: Complaints and Disorders – The Sexual Politics of Sickness

The authors focus separately on women of the upper and upper-middle class, and on working-class women. And they are clearer about the effects of the medical system as it applied to affluent women [probably because wealthy women were more directly affected by the medical system]. In addition, Ehrenreich and English...

Now Kids…

Frank, an attractive but rather thin sixth-grader, sits quietly in an examination room of the Learning Disabilities Clinic at the Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, California. A clinic doctor checks Frank's cumulative record from the urban school he attends. Then he checks the boy's eye movements. Frank has...

Evolution or Revolution: Lessons from Chile

With the military coup d'etat of September, 1973, 41 years of constitutional democracy in Chile came to an end. The purpose of our paper is to analyze (1) some of the changes that occurred in the Chilean health system during the government of Salvadore Allende, (2) the political and economic constraints that limited...

First Our Land, Now Our Health

Impetigo is a skin disease caused by streptococci bacteria inducing boil-like pustules on the face, legs and other exposed parts of the body, which may itch, bum and bleed. It spreads rapidly, persists unless treated and leads to multiple infection in families. With certain strains of streptococci, impetigo can lead...

Midwifery: An Alternative

Women Act To Control Healthcare (WATCH) is a Chicago based women's group composed of healthcare workers and consumers concerned about the institutional healthcare services available for women in Chicago. In the past year, we have been working around two related healthcare institutions: the presently existing Chicago...

What Do Health Maintenance Organizations Maintain?

It is no secret that the United States lags behind more than a dozen countries in some of the most general indicators of the health of a population: in infant mortality, in life expectancy, in the mortality of mothers. Yet in 1969 some $63 billion were spent on health services, a larger sum than anywhere else in the...

Health Bibliography

A bibliography on the Politics of Health Care was published in March, I972 by the New England Free Press, 791 Tremont Street, Boston, Mass., 02118 (617) 536-9219. The bibliography is built around radical analyses of many aspects of health care; it contains over 350 annotated entries (24 pages).